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Today in Blue Jays history: Adam Lind traded for Marco Estrada

I'm pretty sure Marco isn't signaling that he's willing to sign a one year contract,
I'm pretty sure Marco isn't signaling that he's willing to sign a one year contract,
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It was one year ago to day that Alex Anthopoulos traded Adam Lind to the Brewers for Marco EstradaI wasn't overly thrilled about the trade, at the time. He appeared to be a kind of middling 5th starter/long reliever/swing man type. I expected a little more for Lind. I worried about his tendency to give up home runs, with him moving to the AL East.

The next day we put up a poll and, well, most of us didn't like the trade:

  • Absolutely hate it: 21%
  • Slightly unhappy, but willing to see what else we do: 49%
  • Neutral: 18%
  • Somewhat happy: 9%
  • Very happy: 2%

As it turned out, it was one of those trades that helped both teams. Lind hit .277/.360/.460 in 149 games, good for a 3.1 bWAR, his best WAR number since 2009.

Marco started the season in the bullpen, then joined the rotation with the start of May. It took him a few starts to get going, (0-3 with a 5.02 ERA in May in 5 starts) but, after that, he was terrific. From June 1st on, he was 12-5 with a 2.92 ERA. In all, he had a 3.6 bWAR.

And Marco had a pretty nice postseason. He made 3 starts, went 2-1, with a 2.32 ERA. He came up big when we really needed him.

He, very likely, made himself a very rich man, with his performance this year. I'm not sure that I want the Jays to be the ones to pay him what he is likely to make, but he's going to get a big payday.

Our offense really didn't miss Lind's bat (though, it might have been nice to have a left-handed power bat to give us a little bit of balance). I really don't know what would have happened with our starting rotation without Marco.

I was, and will continue to be a fan of Adam's. I wrote a goodbye post a couple of days later.

Also, one year ago, the Jays exercised the option in J.A. Happ's contract (then traded him to Seattle, a month later, for Michael Saunders and they gave Melky Cabrera a Qualifying Offer. He ended up signing with the White Sox (3 years, $42 million, glad it wasn't us). He hit .273/.314/.394 this year.